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Trainer Advice(3 posts)

Trainer AdvicePBLed
Aug 4, 2003 11:00 AM
I am buying a trainer for this winter and am looking for any advice. I have a budget of about $200, and am looking at the minoura rim trainer at nashbar. Is the rim driven trainers worth the extra cash? Any help on this would be great, and any other advice is welcomed. Thanks
re: Trainer Adviceajgibbons
Aug 4, 2003 12:11 PM
I haven't used one, but I've heard good things about the Minoura. My number 1 complaint with a trainer was tire wear, so the rim drive sounds appealing. I have a Performance TravelTrac, it is an excellent quality machine, but it does sizzle and shred tires.

My only advice is make sure you really want a trainer and not rollers. Rollers are twice the cost, but you get a lot more from them. And I'd guess that many of us buy a trainer, then decide to get rollers - which brings the total up to three times the cost!
re: Trainer Adviceinnergel
Aug 4, 2003 1:57 PM
Check ebay for trainers and rollers. They have a whole subsection in the cycling section for them. I got a Minoura MagTurbo for <$100 delivered.

Tire wear is inevitable on a trainer. The way I do it is to take the front tire from this years riding and move it to the back for the winter. My back tire is usually on it's last legs by the end of the year anyway. If you don't get new tires every year, you could just purchase a cheap tire for the winter and snap it on the back.

I've never used a rim trainer, but my guess is that it would potentially cause more damage to your rim than a tire would be worth.

Just my $0.02.